The role of callous-unemotional (CU) traits for youth receiving Functional Family Therapy (FFT) when in treatment for serious behavioral problems.

[Speaker] Thøgersen, Dagfinn M:1,2
[Co-author] Christensen, Bernadette:1
1:Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral Development (Norway), 2:University of Oslo (Norway)

The new DSM-V has given the Conduct Disorder (CD) diagnosis a new sub-type, «with Limited Prosocial Emotions», as an indicator for the high-risk group of children showing lack of empathy, lack of remorse and guilt, and shallow affect. This group has also been identified as showing "Callous-Unemotional"-traits and a proposed measure for identifying these children has been developed (ICU; Frick, 2004). An important question is to examine if established evidence-based treatment programs for children with conduct problems, can be of help for this high-risk group of children with CD.

In a randomized controlled trial of Functional Family Therapy (FFT; Alexander et al. 2013) measures of CU-traits has been included to test this hypothesis. The presentation will present data from 150 youth in the trial and the impact that the FFT-treatment has on the youth's and parents' reported CU-traits, and what impact CU-traits have on treatment outcomes
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